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Chewable Adcal D3 tablets contain soya

Hello Ladies,

When my oncologist suggested I start taking Adcal D3 a few months ago to help strengthen my bones I stopped taking my daily vitamin D supplement and added the new supplement to my daily regimen. Then just recently when I was having my flu jab at my local pharmacy I happened to mention food interactions with the pharmacist. He said grapefruit was fine to continue eating, but there was a question mark over soya.

I then spoke to two hospital pharmacists who said that as I am ER+ it is best to avoid soya, as it could potentially fuel the growth of the tumour. My oncologist, GP, and others never told me that! Not long after that I found out that the chewable Adcal D3 contains soya, unless you take it in caplet form. Fortunately, when I spoke to a triage nurse at my doctor's surgery she put a new prescription through for me right then and there. The dosage is two caplets twice a day at 750mg.

I am not convinced that soya plays a role in ER+ breast cancer, but I have cut it out over the past week or so just in case. It was harder to cut it out than I thought it would be. It is added to chocolate, most varieties of bread in the form of soya flour, some condiments such as mayonnaise, cakes, some biscuits and so much more. I will be mentioning this to my oncologist when I see her next month to find out what she has to say.

But I just wanted to mention this to others who may also be taking Adcal D3 who either have an intolerance or allergy to soya, or are ER+ and may wish to change over to the caplet form of the drug.

Sophie x

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Hi Sophie

I’m on a double dose of Ad cal as my calcium levels dropped a few months ago and I couldn’t have my denosemab injection so I think I will risk a bit of soya rather than not have the bone strengthening injections and have another bone fracture..there’s always something to worry about isn’t there?

I have read conflicting views about soya and er positive breast cancer so I do avoid the obvious things like tofu and soya milk and no way am I going to not eat chocolate although I only eat the really dark 80% sort!!

I try not to obsess about my diet..I eat fairly healthy..mainly vegetarian but I do drink wine and sod it!!.. need some pleasures in life when coping with this horrid disease

Not much help am I??

Barb xx

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Hi Barb!

No, you're fine! I like to hear other people's point of view. What was annoying was not getting a definite answer from the pharmacists I spoke to, but a "maybe" so I just decided to try to eliminate soya as much as possible. I am still having my bone strengthening infusions (Zometa) once every three months. This post was more to do with the form of Adcal D3 that I was taking. I am just glad there is another form out there that does not contain soya. I like chocolate too! But I have also been experimenting with making my own goodies lately, so maybe I can come up with some new recipes!

Enjoy the rest of your day! I'm going to be seeing my brother later today, so I am looking forward to that.

Sophie x

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Hi Sophie

I like the sound of the ‘goodies’..I don’t have a really sweet tooth (I was a dentist!!)

Enjoy your day with your brother..I’m meeting a chum for coffee in a bit and she’s good fun so we’ll have a gossip..I need female company as you can be yourself and have a laugh (or a cry!!) with them

Barb xx

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Hi Barb!

I'd better behave myself then and lay off the sweets! I remember one time when I was in the waiting room to see the dentist as a child and I handed round peanuts to the other patients. I got a telling off from my dentist!

I must admit I am a lot more sensible and hardly ever have any sweets now. I made a chestnut cake recently and cut out most of the sugar in the recipe and it still tasted good, but my second attempt went belly up!

It is my day off today. Enjoy your time with your friend. I had a nice time with a group of friends recently when I organised afternoon tea. I'm not sure what my brother and I will do yet, probably go for a walk in the woods or go to the river. He is autistic and has learning disabilities (as does our other brother) and lives in assisted living, having moved out of residential care last December.

Sophie x

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Hi Sophie

He’ll be pleased to have time with you I’m sure..poor chap..we forget that other people have problems as we tend to get wrapped up in our own

Have a lovely walk.

Barb xx

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Hi Barb!

Thank you. We enjoyed a nice walk around my brother's village, through into my town and then back again (it's quite rural where we live). I have always been very involved in my brothers' lives, even while my mum was alive. When she died I became the matriarch in the family. I have stepped back a bit this year and will accept help when I need it from my husband, so I am not doing it all. But we do like to give my dad a break, as he is still caring for my middle brother. I see them most days and check in on them, as they only live three doors away. We just have to ensure we see my oldest brother too, so I tend to see him about once a week or once a fortnight.

Sophie x

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Ask about a referral to a dietician. or nutritionist. They can give you info about what to be concerned about (to avoid). The breast cancer specialist onc that I saw for a second opinion told me that this is not the time to be on a diet that is hard to stick to. A well balaced diet with protein, fruits, veggies, grains is fine and if I want to have dessert a few times a week, that's just fine. I've probably eaten alot less pre-packaged stuff that most my age (72) and remember eating alot of fresh fruit as a child, as my grandparents had an orchard and had quite a few fruit trees besides the apricots they grew to sell. And I've always loved carrots and asperagus. My brother told me that he's been roasting veggies in the oven with olive oil and parmesan cheese--now I am doing that with broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and potatoes. They taste super good cooked that way and it doesn't take much prep, just washing, slicing and pouring oil and cheese. My husband likes them really well done and like them a bit less so.

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Hi PBJinMI!

Thanks for the advice! I saw a dietitian in September and she gave me some good advice. It was actually my oncologist who recommended I start taking the Adcal D3. I take it in addition to my hormone therapy and bone strengthening infusions (Zometa).

It must have been wonderful eating from your grandparents' orchard. You just can't beat homegrown fruit and vegetables. My husband and I forage for asparagus, blackberries, raspberries, apples, plums, and chestnuts where we live. It's great! You made my mouth water with the roasted vegetables you mentioned! I have always loved my vegetables, so it's nice to find different recipes and ways to cook. I have been experimenting a lot lately. I made some bliss balls tonight (dates, almonds, raw cacao, coconut oil, blended together, rolled into balls and then coated in more cacao).

Sophie x

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Thanks for the information. I will ask to change to the caplet form next time. However, both contain sucrose and sugar is also bad for us!

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Hi Evawy,

You're welcome! I actually prefer the caplet form, even though it means taking twice the dosage as before. I felt like I was eating sweets with the chewable variety. I was going to wait to talk to my oncologist before changing over, but that's not until next month. So I got right on it and the triage nurse at my local doctor's surgery took care of it all for me on the same day I called the surgery. So within an hour of calling, I had my new prescription.

Sophie x

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